How popular is the baby name Zainab in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Zainab.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Zainab

Posts that Mention the Name Zainab

Distinctively Canadian First Names

Here are the most distinctively Canadian first names by decade, according to Canadian website The 10 and 3:

  • 2010s: Zainab and Linden
  • 2000s: Gurleen and Callum
  • 1990s: Simran and Mathieu
  • 1980s: Chantelle and Darcy
  • 1970s: Josee and Stephane
  • 1960s: Giuseppina and Luc
  • 1950s: Heather and Giuseppe
  • 1940s: Heather and Lorne
  • 1930s: Isobel and Lorne
  • 1920s: Gwendoline and Lorne

Did you know that Canada’s love of “Lorne” comes from the Marquess of Lorne, the British nobleman who served as Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883? To see more explanations, and also more names per decade, check out the source article.

The name I’m most curious about is Josée from the 1970s. It had a “Canadian factor” of 634.6 — larger than any other name in the study — but also had no explanation, and I can’t figure out the influence. Does anyone have a guess?

Source: Gord, Sheila, Graham and Beverley? The Most Distinctively Canadian Names Are Not What You’d Expect

2008 Blog Action Day Theme is Poverty

It’s Blog Action Day again. This year, the theme is Poverty.

Earlier this year, I collected interesting names from microfinance organization Kiva. For today’s post, I did the same thing–but this time I concentrated on a few of the world’s poorest countries:

Benin Afflèhoun, Aïchatou, Allodjessi, Chakiratou, Djémilath, Djidjoho, Kingniké, Kotchire, Mahougnon, Missèbo, Moulikatou, Roukiyatou
Nigeria Chinoye, Dasola, Ejime, Jemilatu, Modupe, Musilimot, Olabisi, Olayinka, Oluwakemi, Omoyenmwen, Osamede, Rukayat
Senegal Aramatoulaye, Astou, Codou, Diariatou, Diouma, Fatou, Fatoumata, Gnima, Maimouna, Ndèye, Ngone, Tiguida
Sierra Leone Adama, Demoh, Ferembe, Hassanatu, Isatu, Kadiatu, Kankoh, Lamrana, Mariatu, Salamatu, Wankaia, Yorobailo
Tanzania Mashavu, Mkasi, Mtumwa, Mwanajuma, Mwanakhamis, Ndeshifose, Ndetomariswa, Nihifadhi, Rehema, Riziki, Tetwas, Zainab

All of the names above belong to entrepreneurs whose loans were funded not by banks, but by individuals like you and me. (That’s the whole idea behind microfinance.)

Want to get involved? Well…you can’t. Not right now, at least:

Thanks Kiva Lenders! You’ve funded EVERY loan on the site!!

To date, Kiva has enabled lenders to send $46,096,385 to the working poor around the world.

According to Kiva, all of the loans to date “have been fully funded”–which is fantastic news! They are working to approve new loan applications every day, though, so keep checking back for the latest updates…

P.S. The theme for last year was the Environment.